Many people have asked how they, as individuals,
can play a meaningful role in the political process. Here are a few
ways of becoming an effective activist.
SPEAK OUT TO THE MEDIA
Read the newspaper, listen to the radio or watch television and
respond. If information or an editorial opinion is inaccurate or
unfair, contact the newspaper, magazine, radio or television station and
explain the facts. If the information or opinion is positive, a letter
to the editor will reinforce positive messages.
for more suggestions on how to effectively speak out to the media and for a list of local and national media contacts.
SPEAK OUT TO THE GOVERNMENT
Your voice carries more weight in Washington than you might
think. Members of Congress pay a lot of attention to what their
constituents say; calls, emails and letters can influence a lawmaker’s
vote. The White House also closely tracks messages it receives from the
public. To carry the greatest weight, your message should be in your
own words rather than a “canned” message identical to dozens of others
arriving at the same time. Be concise, but try to combine your specific
request to the legislator with a personal statement of why Israel is
important to you.
for more suggestions on how to effectively speak out to government
officials and for contact information on your members of Congress and
the White House.